**Final Round Highlights: Jamie Broce, PGA, University of Toledo finished in second place to Michael Block from Southern California PGA after two sudden death playoff holes. He also qualified for the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla in August. Karen Paolozzi, PGA made more history today with her four-round total of 10-over 298 which tied her for 49th place and gave her the lowest total for a woman professional in National Championship history. Congrats to Rob Moss, Pepper Pike Club and Gary Trivisonno, Windmill Golf Center for their great play this week also!
Eight Northern Ohio PGA Members are competing in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship, June 22-25, at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club & Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The 47th PGA Professional National Championship will air live on Golf Channel. See broadcast schedule below (All Times Eastern):
• Opening Round: Sunday, June 22 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
• Second Round: Monday, June 23 – 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
• Third Round: Tuesday, June 24 – 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
• Final Round: Wednesday, June 25 – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
University of Toledo
#10-8:40 am (DGBC)
35 33 68
Stone Oak CC
#10-9:10 am (DGBC)
39 41 80
Erie Shores GC
37 39 76
Pepper Pike Club
37 35 72
36 40 76
Member When Qualified
#10-8:10 am (RCGD)
36 39 75
#1-9:00 am (RCGD)
41 37 78
Windmill Golf Center
#1-1:15 pm (DGBC)
36 35 71
** (DGBC) – The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
** (RCGD) – The Resort Club at Grande Dunes
Posted June 24, 2014 Courtesy: PGA of America, Randy Stutzman
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 24, 2014) –”Jamie Broce thought his chances of playing in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship were over last summer. He lost a five-hole playoff in the Northern Ohio PGA Championship to Karen Paolozzi, who became the third woman to advance to the National Championship.
But, instead of watching the action back home, Broce now finds himself in the spotlight in the showcase event for PGA Professionals. The University of Toledo men’s golf coach shot 1-under-par 71 in the third round to take a three-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round.
Broce (“Brose”) collected three birdies to offset two bogeys for a 54-hole total of 5-under-par 211. Broce, 37, holds the lead over Michael Block of Aliso Viejo, California, who had a 72 in the third round.
Paolozzi also is among the 77 players surviving the 54-hole cut, thus making her the second woman professional to play in the Championship’s final round.
Broce was the first alternate from the Northern Ohio PGA Section and gained his berth prior to the Championship. In two rounds on The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, he’s found the formula to success by playing the par-5s in 4-under par.
“It was a long day and I didn’t have a lot of rhythm,” said Broce, who missed the cut last year in his only previous Championship appearance. “I hit some loose iron shots today, but made up for it by getting everything up and down. I’m absolutely happy with how I played.
“I don’t know what tomorrow will bring or necessarily what a good score will be, depending on the wind and the conditions. But hopefully, whatever they may be, I will just go out and execute.”…Paolozzi, who had played brilliantly on the back nine Monday, struggled to a 3-over-par closing stretch for a 78. She found the cushion needed to make the 54-hole cut with a birdie at 17, before a three-putt bogey on the 18th hole. Paolozzi joins Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut, as the only women PGA members to enter the final round in the Championship history. Whaley tied for 64th in 2005 at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
“The 54-hole cut was definitely on my mind today. I didn’t really hit the ball all that well,” said Paolozzi, who last spring became the PGA assistant professional at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. “I was really grinding and trying to hold on as hard as I could. It was really nice to get that birdie on No. 17 and know I was still in the Championship. I hit a nice shot in there. It felt good to know that I can still do it under pressure. I’m thrilled to still be here.”
Paolozzi will not be eligible to join Wednesday’s low 20 scorers for a trip to the 96th PGA Championship because she did not play the men’s distances last fall in the Northern Ohio PGA Section Championship….”
Posted June 23, 2014 Courtesy: PGA of America, Randy Stutzman
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 23, 2014) – “Jamie Broce makes his living coaching younger men to handle pressure situations on the golf course. The University of Toledo coach practiced Monday what he’s been preaching the past two seasons to his Rockets, rallying for an even-par 72 to grab a one-stroke lead midway through the 47th PGA Professional National Championship.
Broce (“Brose”) overcame a double bogey on the third hole at Grande Dunes Resort Club when he struck a stray tee on his backswing and hooked his drive, leaving him with an unplayable lie. He bounced back with five birdies, including one at No. 16 and a three-footer at No. 18 that gave him a 36-hole total of 4-under-par 140.
“Yesterday, the conditions were a little more benign, but today was a lot different. The wind kept you uneasy,” said Broce, 37, a resident of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, who missed the cut last year in his only previous trip to the National Championship. “I just got into a plan to hang in there and survive. I got away with a couple bad swings and was able to come back. I just plan to have fun and play golf the next two days and see what happens.”….
As Broce took command at Grande Dunes, Karen Paolozzi of Roswell, Georgia, put on a show with a sizzling back-nine 32 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club. She joined Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut (2005), as the only women PGA Professionals to make the 36-hole cut in the National Championship. She is also only the third woman ever to compete in the Championship.
Playing The Dunes at 6,059 yards, which is 84.7% of the men’s distance (7,148 yards), Paolozzi delivered her own clinic in course management. She rebounded from a double bogey on the par-4 seventh, recording four back-nine birdies, which included a chip-in from behind the 10th green.
Paolozzi’s 1-under-par 71 is the lowest 18-hole round by a woman professional in Championship history.
“I was struggling a little bit with the greens, but I was hitting the ball pretty well,” said Paolozzi, a PGA assistant professional at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. “On No. 10, I was in the rough off the tee and was just kind of in a crazy lie. I flew the green and thought, ‘Oh, here we go again.’ But I made a nice little chip and it happened to go in. That turned it all around for me. I got a little more confidence and then made birdie on 11 after hitting a great approach shot. The putter got really hot on the back nine.”
Despite Paolozzi’s stellar play, she will not be eligible to join Wednesday’s low 20 scorers for a trip to the 96th PGA Championship. She did not play the men’s distances last fall when she earned a National Championship berth through the Northern Ohio PGA Section Championship.
“This is exactly what my goal was. I wanted to make the cut,” said Paolozzi, 31, a first-team All-American and a Big Ten Champion at Indiana University. “I wanted to come here and play well. I was a little disappointed after yesterday (she opened with 75 at Grande Dunes), but I knew if I put in a solid round today, I had a chance. A lot of the guys have been coming up to me and just congratulating me for making it here, which has been great.”…”
Posted June 22, 2014 Courtesy: PGA of America, Randy Stutzman
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 22, 2014) – “…Jamie Broce of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, and Ryan Helminen of Menasha, Wisconsin, are a stroke back at 68. Broce and Helminen were the only competitors to play a bogey-free round. Past National Champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, led a 10-player contingent at 70…Broce, the men’s golf coach at the University of Toledo, is making his second straight National Championship appearance.
“I hit it well all day and missed very few greens,” he said. “It felt great to get it up and down on that last hole (the par-3 9th). It’s almost impossible to keep the ball on that green. The greens overall were more receptive early this morning. You could hit shots and get them close to give yourself birdie opportunities. The rain that’s fallen over the past couple of days has helped a lot.”…
After 54 holes, the field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties. Those making the 36-hole cut will compete in the final two rounds at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
The low 20 scorers in the PGA Professional National Championship will advance to the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.”
Posted June 12, 2014 Courtesy PGA.com
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the historic jewel among the famed 60-mile “Grand Strand” in the Palmetto State, will be joined by the popular Grande Dunes Resort Club as cohosts of the 47th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, on June 22–25, 2014. It marks the second visit to South Carolina by The PGA of America’s showcase event for PGA Professionals.
The Championship will bring a field of 312 players to Myrtle Beach, acclaimed as “the Golf Capital of the World” for its roster of 120 golf courses. The PGA Professional National Championship was last conducted in South Carolina in 2005 at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island.
“The PGA of America is very proud to be taking our National Championship in 2014 to Myrtle Beach, a resort destination that has embraced the game of golf unlike few other sites in the world,” says PGA President Ted Bishop. “The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes are outstanding venues to test our best-playing PGA Professionals. When you think about the history of golf in Myrtle Beach and how many members of our Association made an impact upon that region, you could not ask for a better setting for this Championship.”
Designed in 1948 by legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Dunes Golf & Beach Club will serve as the primary host course in the National Championship, including the final 36 holes. All contestants will compete the first two rounds on The Dunes and Grande Dunes Resort Club.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome the country’s most skilled club professionals for their most prestigious annual event,” says Dunes Club PGA Head Professional Dennis Nicholl. “We have been fortunate to host a number of high-level professional and amateur golf tournaments in the past and are excited to serve The PGA of America.”